Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is celebrating its 40th birthday during 2011. The oceanfront campground is planning great events, contests, prizes and activities to commemorate its history, relationships and triumphs, according to a news release.
The yearlong celebration will center around Ocean Lakes’ loyal guests and teammates. Highlights include a cake gala and contest featuring $3,000 in grand prizes; random prize giveaways; a “Picture This! Calendar Photo Contest”; the unveiling of a new mascot costume to attend events; and the dedication of a town clock.
In addition, Ocean Lakes’ goal is to reach 40,000 fans on Facebook by its birthday on July 2, 2011; there are now more than 22,000 fans.
“Our founders have always said that we are in the ‘family business,’” said Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “Our goal has always been customer service and to create a place for family fun. In 2011, we are celebrating 40 years of creating family memories that last a lifetime.”
The East Coast’s largest campground will kick off its birthday celebration by hosting its 11th Annual Beach n’ Boogie Weekend Feb. 18 through Feb. 19. It will feature great beach music by The Fantastic Shakers and The Embers, shag lessons, prizes, food and fun for all ages.
Facebook fans from all over the country will gather at Ocean Lakes for its 2nd Annual Facebook Fan Appreciation Weekend April 1 through April 2. Last year, more than 100 fans participated in the fun-filled weekend. This event is fun for those who attend in person as well as those tuning in remotely on Facebook for photos, prizes, video and games.
On April 15, the campground will host its premier event of the season, the exclusive Cake Gala. To attend the gala, guests must win one of 400 elusive “Golden Tickets” online or in park. At the gala, Ocean Lakes’ guests and teammates will create cake masterpieces that embody the 40 years of great memories and fun at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. There are three categories in this contest and each grand prize winner will receive $1,000.
More than 30,000 guests will be in the park for Ocean Lakes’ official birthday on July 2. Plans include many prizes and birthday activities. The campground wants to recognize guests with the same birth date, and especially those who turn 40 on that day.
Other highlights throughout the year include the 2nd Annual Salute to the Troops on Independence Day, the 13th Annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend, Gospel Weekend, 7th Annual All Star Golf Car Show, Halloween Weekend and the South Carolina Fossil Fair.
“Our campground has a rich history of drawing families from all over the United States for a premier camping experience,” Krumm said. “Millions have vacationed at Ocean Lakes – many families for three and four generations. It’s an honor to be part of their families’ traditions. Plus, we have several teammates who have worked here for 20 to 30 years. Many of our guests and teammates know each other by name.”
An Amazing Family History
Ocean Lakes Family Campground was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson, along with their five daughters, in 1970. Although it is considered a “mega park” in the camping industry, it had humble beginnings; it opened on July 2, 1971, with 30 campsites and one bathhouse. It now features 893 campsites and more than 2,500 annual lease sites on 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront, four bathhouses, and more than 400 teammates in the height of the camping season.
In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. It has been named the National “RV Park of the Year” four times by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).